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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Thank you, Loren. When the snowfall subsided a bit, I took another, more closeup, picture of the small tree out near the road.

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    Of course, yesterday's pretty snowfall is todays mushy crud.
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  2. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Scene While Riding: A mill town view, taken while riding last weekend.

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  3. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    That's a great picture John. Love the water colour and the fact that without leaves you can see so much of the village detail.
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  4. popscycle

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    Fountain Statuary: Took this picture of fountain in park in front of city hall while riding through the town.

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    I took the pic to remind me to stop in the spring or summer to get a picture with the fountain is running. In the course of any ride, I usually get so busy enjoying the ride and remaining situationally aware that I forget to stop or remember things I want to photograph.
  5. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Naked Aviation Porn 15: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The 15th of these is the B47, which was an American SAC bomber in the 1950s and 60s. Over 2,000 of these planes were produced during that period.

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    The photo was taking looking at the belly of the plane at the Air Force museum at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH.
  6. Idahopilot

    Idahopilot Adventurer

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    Double check that. I don’t want to come across as a know-it-all, but I believe that is a B-47.
  7. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Thanks for letting me know so I could make the correction I originally typed RB-47H but it must not made it into the text.
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  8. popscycle

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    Quarantine Chicken: Always keeping an eye open for alternatives to eating out in these times, we hit paydirt. There's this deli that's not too far away on a road I regularly ride that has good sandwiches and stayed open for phone-in carryout in these distressed times. OK, that's good for picking up some road food (e.g., an Italian sub with the works) to put in the pannier for those "anti-social" distancing rides. Just call it in, pick it up and ride off for some adventure, provided the political asshats don't issue some "shelter in place" order. Regardless, a discovery was made and an eating adventure had.

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    Quite accidentally, I discovered they had a catering menu with several items that looked to be quite tasty. One of these was a chicken dish - "Sauteed chicken breasts topped with fresh asparagus spears, mozzarella and wild mushrooms in a madeira wine butter sauce". I am more of a beef than chicken/turkey guy but this concoction was really very good and they delivered it, fresh and hot.

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    Looking carefully at what came, you didn't have to be a math major (I was) to figure out that the cost per serving was no more than than a deluxe DQ cheeseburger and fries (another favorite), if that. We'll be getting a good number of meals out of this, perhaps jazzing up the leftovers as we go. It's called "Smothered Chicken" and it and some other dishes will likely find their way here as an alternative to eating out.
  9. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    We Catch Something Moving Without Trying: It seems the only time I am able to find and photograph a train moving is when one happens to be coming to a crossing at the same time I am. That happened yesterday, as shown below.

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    I rounded the corner and there it was, creeping along, powered by a pair of 40 year old EMD MP15s. A quick camera grab made these two pics possible.

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    It was a little bit of railroad serendipity on a lovely day.
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  10. popscycle

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    The Silver Lining Was Gold: Thus far, this has been an exceptional week. The kids sent us care packages (i.e., paper towels, toilet paper, sanitizer and disinfectant wipes). Weather has been great with some days in the 50s. We've been able to get out in both the GS and Miata. Restaurant closures led to discovering perhaps the best chicken dish ever and I actually encountered a moving train. All of that made my week but today took it over the top. I decided to take Lynn out for lunch at the Palmer RR station restaurant (a.k.a. Steaming Tender), shown below.

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    Now we knew the restaurant was closed but figured it would be a good place to have a picnic on the outdoor tables along the RR tracks. Maybe a train might happen by. We had picked up a sandwich at the deli that catered the great chicken dish. As it turned out, this sandwich skyrocketed to the very top of my favorite sandwich list. It was constructed with baked ham, turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, American cheese, L-T-O, pickles, mayo and honey mustard perfectly blended together on fresh Italian bread.

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    After taking the above picture, I took a bite and thought I died and gone to sandwich heaven. Halfway through, we hear a train and I have just enough time to wipe the mustard off my hands, grab the camera and get a pic of an NECR unit that had grabbed some cars from farther down the CSX line. What did I do to deserve this?

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    How do you top this? Great weather, great old car, great roads, great food, great company and great (moving) train. Train pics to follow later. I am too busy pinching myself to see if this was real. The silver lining in the corona cloud was gold this week.
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  11. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Nice day for you and your bride. Congrats.

    An SD40T-2 as a switcher....oh how the mighty have fallen.

    Thanks for the photos John

    John
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  12. popscycle

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    Scene While Riding: I thought this old 1805 inn on the common made for an interesting photo when pictured with the town's bandstand gazebo.

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    Previous pics of the place were taken in summer with a lot of foliage and shading. These old inns, which tend to operate on slim margins, are going to hurt.
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